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Ignacio joined Flagship Pioneering in early 2013 to lead the agricultural activities. He also focuses on entrepreneurial activities in life sciences more broadly with a special interest on food, nutrition, health and sustainability. Ignacio is founding director of Indigo Agriculture, OpenAg and CiBO Technologies, where he is co-founder and founding CEO, and serves on the boards of Novomer and the AgTech Accelerator. Ignacio is also the co-founder and CEO of Inari Agriculture.
Prior to joining Flagship, Ignacio was founding member and managing director of Syngenta Ventures, the corporate venture capital group of agricultural giant Syngenta International, the world’s largest agrochemical business. During his tenure at Syngenta, Ignacio was directly involved in corporate strategy and led venture capital investments in agribusiness, biotechnology and sustainability companies in Europe, North America and Latin America. He also played a key role in Syngenta’s external corporate venture capital activities managing Syngenta’s relationship as limited partner with Life Science Partners BioVentures, a $100 million agribusiness fund, and Gilde European Food and Agribusiness, a €90 million fund.
Prior to Syngenta, Ignacio was the founding CFO of Progenika Group, where he oversaw the corporate financial strategy, the launch of new companies and spinoffs and the expansion of the group to the US and Latin American markets. Progenika Group was acquired by Grifols S.A. Earlier, Ignacio spent several years working for Najeti Ventures Fund, investing in IT and biotech companies in Europe. Ignacio holds a B.S. in economics and business administration from Deusto University in Spain, and an International MBA from Instituto de Empresa in Spain and WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany.